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Research databases contain a variety of sources such as plot summaries, short stories, book reviews, and journal articles. Print this cheat sheet or use the box below to learn how to narrow your search to literary criticism in peer-reviewed journal articles.
How to Find Literary Criticism in Literature Databases
Resources from Purdue OWL on literary terms, literary theory, and schools of criticism.
What is Literary Criticism?
Literary criticism is the evaluation, analysis, description, or interpretation of literary works. It is usually in the form of a critical essay, but in-depth book reviews can sometimes be considered literary criticism.